Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Family Members & Significant Others From EU/EEA & UK Can Now Travel to Norway

People from the EEA or the United Kingdom wanting to visit their girlfriend, boyfriend, grandparents, or grandchildren in Norway after months of being banned from travelling have been able to do so since June 19, the Norwegian authorities announced.

The change comes after the government has entered the third phase of reopening, through which many other restrictions such as quarantine hotel and double testing were lifted, in line with the planned launch of the EU COVID-19 Vaccination Passport, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to a press release of the government, borders have opened for people who live in EEA countries and UK, if the traveller’s relationship with a Norwegian residential belongs in one of the following categories:

  1. Adult children and stepchildren and parents and stepparents of adult children/stepchildren
  2. Grandparents, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren
  3. Girlfriend/boyfriend over the age of 18 and his/her minor children. The relationship must have lasted at least nine months, and the parties must have met each other in person before.

The Minister of Justice and Emergency Management, Monica Mæland, said she is aware that many people have faced difficulties during the pandemic, being unable to see their loved ones in Norway due to the strict entry regime.

“We do not want to have strict measures longer than necessary, but we have introduced these to prevent the spread of infection, especially of new and more infectious variants of the virus. Even though we now allow more people to come, it also means that some will unfortunately still have to wait,” Minister Mæland said.

People planning to visit their boyfriend or girlfriend must provide a consent document justifying the visit, which can be obtained by applying to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Although the applying procedures are fully automated and free of charge, people who get rejected for such a visit cannot appeal on the matter.

Currently, the country is open for close family members of Norwegian residentials such as spouse/cohabitant and children. Foreign athletes and their support staff who are participants of the Oslo Bislett Games and qualifiers for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Conference League are also allowed to enter the country.

A reassessment on entry restrictions aligned with the fourth and final stage reopening plan is expected to happen, through which the Norwegian government is anticipated to open for all business travellers from the EEA area, students and distant family members from third countries. The restriction relaxation will not necessarily happen at the same time the country enters the fourth phase of reopening, but the relief for students is expected to occur before August 1.

The World Health Organisation data reveals that in the recent 24 hours, Norway has reported 434 positive cases with COVID-19 and no deaths. The country is implementing the vaccination rollout, through which so far, more than half of the population has received at least one shot of COVID vaccines.

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